2013/14 Premier League Season Preview – Manchester City

New boss Manuel Pellegrini has potentially the best squad in the Premier League and a blank chequebook at his disposal to aid his campaign for success. As well as winning the title back from their neighbours, Pellegrini will have to impress in Europe, where his predecessor failed. The attack has been strengthened, with strikers Stefan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo, winger Jesus Navas and attacking midfielder Fernandinho all coming in for a combined £87m. The worry here is the parallels between Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, meaning one will have to be played out of position to accommodate the other. City are still in need of a holding midfielder, with Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia not really of sufficient calibre. Despite this, ‘the engineer’ will have no problem finishing in the top 4, and will probably challenge for the league until the end.

Key Player: Yaya Toure. Over the last 2 seasons, Toure has been the heart of this team. His energy and dynamism have driven City forward to get results almost by himself. Although he prefers to play in an advanced role, Toure may see himself thrust back in to defensive midfield to accommodate the likes of Silva, Aguero, Navas and Fernandinho.

One to Watch: John Guidetti. A born goalscorer, Guidetti was unable to force his way in to the City team last season despite scoring 20 in 23 games for Feyenoord the year before. With City’s spending spree this summer, Guidetti will again struggle to get in the team, however given his chance, Guidetti will prove his worth.

Prediction: 2nd

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